Congratulations to the students selected to participate in the fall 2014 Washington Semester Program! The fall 2014 class will include students from Francis Marion University, the College of Charleston, Lander University, SC State University and the University of South Carolina.
The next application due date is Thursday, September 25, 2014, for the spring 2015 semester. Click here for the online application and information about the supplemental application materials.
The South Carolina Washington Semester Internship Program (WSP) gives students in universities and colleges across the state of South Carolina the opportunity to spend a semester working and taking classes in Washington DC, gaining valuable experience while earning academic credit toward their degrees.
In DC, Washington Semester Program Fellows get firsthand experience with the political process, obtaining skills that will help prepare them for careers in virtually any sphere. In the past, Washington Semester Program Fellows have attended important events, such as the inauguration ceremonies, White House arrival ceremonies for visiting head of states, joint sessions of Congress, and arguments before the Supreme Court. Recent seminars have featured meetings with White House personnel, the Deputy Attorney General, cabinet secretaries, senior TV network correspondents, lobbyists, embassy officials and other national leaders.
But it's not all work...
Students meet interesting and influential people, establishing contacts for personal and professional networking. Students also have time to tour the monuments, explore the museums, and experience the international flavor of the world's most powerful capital.
Key Dates & Application Details
Spring 2015 Dates
NEW Application Deadline: Thursday, September 25, 2014
Applicants’ Interview Date: Saturday, October 4, 2014
Mandatory Orientation Date: Sunday, October 19, 2014
Program Start Date: Monday, January 12, 2015
Program End Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
The WSP is a state-wide program available to qualified students attending the following South Carolina colleges and universities:
- Charleston Southern University
- The Citadel
- Claflin University
- Clemson University
- Coastal Carolina University
- College of Charleston
- Francis Marion University
- Lander University
- South Carolina State
- University of South Carolina - Aiken
- University University of South Carolina- Columbia
- University of South Carolina - Upstate
- Wofford College
- Winthrop University
Washington Intern Student Housing (WISH) is the management company that owns and manages the house in which the South Carolina Washington Semester Program students live. Payments are made directly to WISH, with payment plans available if the student contacts WISH.
Housing costs for academic year 2014/2015 is $4671. A $250 housing deposit is due at orientation. The remaining $4,421 can be divided into two payments, the first due one month before moving in and the second half when students pick up the house key from WISH. This does include a security deposit of $250, which may be returned if there is no damage to the student's room. The WISH office may work with students to set up a different payment plan to better coincide with scholarship money used for housing expenses. These arrangements are made directly with WISH.
For more information regarding the Washington Semester Internship Program, contact:
Director of Internship Programs, South Carolina Honors College